Remembering Jim has now finished
20 Mar 2012 - 24 Apr 2012
Jim's own "hero's journey" has been an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of young people. At the age of 18, with no prior knowledge of the game, Jim moved from Ireland to Australia to play Australian rules football.
He went on to become one of the AFL's most celebrated players and a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame. During his 12-year AFL career from 1987 to 1998 Jim became the first (and to date only) player recruited from outside Australia to win the prestigious Brownlow Medal. Jim's entire AFL career was played with the Melbourne Football Club as a ruckman. He is an official legend of the club, being a member of its Team of the Century.
Jim is also holds the record for the most consecutive VFL/AFL games (244) and was well known during his playing days as highly courageous. He displayed this courage beyond the football field when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009.
Despite this diagnosis Jim continued his two passions - his involvement with the Melbourne Football Club and his work with the young people at Reach. He often facilitated workshops at the Dreams Factory in Collingwood and was Non-Executive Director of the Reach Board.
In recognition of his work with young people, Jim was twice named Victorian of the Year (2001 and 2003) and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in (2007) and Melburnian of the Year (2010).
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